"You start a conversation you can't even finish it
You're talkin' a lot, but you're not sayin' anything
When I have nothing to say, my lips are sealed
Say something once, why say it again?"
- David Byrne
"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
After reading the observations from Stech and the AD at Duke, I realized a couple of things. First, ACC have some of the brightest leaders running their athletic depts, second, there is alot more going on that they have NOT annouced.
ACC is about as tight lipped regarding business operations in the NATION. The many so called experts on the message boards have really no idea whats really going on, but if you got the team from Duke UNC and Clemson on the work group working hte network, you can expect we are getting the maximum revenue.
My bet is ACC model is different than the SEC or BIG 10, I think the ESPN partnership with the ACC is MUCH more integrated than reported. I think it involves ESPN basically offloading a channel to be designated as the ACC Network AND its somehow integrated with the LONGHORN Network. What this does to college football, I see Big 10 going to Fox full time along with the Pac 10 and Big 12 (if it survives). ESPN/ABC gets SEC and the ACC and ND, and the rest. SEC still gets CBS and ND gets NBC for footbal. ACC/Longhorn Network is a combined channel and SEC gets their channel. Who gets squeezed... the small conferences (ie. AAC, CUSA, MAC, MW etc.) They not only receive less rights but more limited time on Major Sports venues or even playing on a tuesday, wed or friday nite.
IMO, there is so such very good to elite ACC Men's basketball inventory, that good games would flow down to an ACCNetwork.
Maybe not UNC DUke, but SYR/GT, LV/UVA, ND Duke could easily end up on the ACCN, as ESPN doesn't have enough schedule capacity on the primary networks for all the games that can draw bball fans. This is how the SYR/PITT/ND/LV expansion will provide value.
BCS level college football is a resource war, not a morality play.
I don't know the nuts & bolts of this business, but from just a practical view, I can't see how this would work. I continue to believe that Raycom represents the only path to a conference channel. Not sexy, I know...
ESPN is so dominate in sports with so many channels that they have established themselves as the King Maker in Sports. It has been proven when they get a sport, things improve and when they don't have a sport...things level off or go down. They are able to promote a sport or conference like no other channel group...almost around the clock and with multiple venues.
Ask yourself does ESPN have an exclusive agreement with the SEC, the PAC, the B1G, the Big 12-2? Nope there is only one conference where all the TV money runs through the King Maker. So who do you think that ESPN is going to hype in the long run?
In fact many of us would agree that there has already been a positive change in the way that ESPN has treated the ACC in the last year.
I can't help but think that part of the delay with the ACCN is that ESPN is waiting to see what happens with the upcoming B1G TV contract negotiations.
If ESPN loses the B1G to Fox, that will open up tons of programming slots for ACC content on the "main" networks of ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Would there even be any need for an ESPN-owned ACCN?
OTOH, say ESPN is able to retain the B1G's rights, and has to spend a lot of money in doing so. It might be willing to sell back some of the ACC rights to the conference and/or Raycom for a potential channel.
This bit is interesting, too: “But at the same time, there’s a whole bunch of us that would love it (NYC hosting the ACC tournament), I don’t know how it all plays out, but I would like the ACC to have a very strong relationship with New York City. I’d be much less than honest if I didn’t say that. That’s the biggest media market in the world, great opportunity, and every one of our schools does LOTS of business up there, and I use that in the broadest context. … It’s right in the midst of our footprint, so to do something up there with some level of frequency is important."
We need to move the BB tournament to NYC asap, at least every other year.